The Tundra Environment As we travel north, the trees become more and more stunted in growth due to the cold temperatures. Eventually trees will disappear and only moss will persist. The transition between the subarctic and the tundra can be seen in the vegetation. The tundra environment is located between the trees of the subarctic, and the ice caps of the arctic. The ground has a permanently frozen subsoil, and lichens, mosses, and stunted shrubs cover the landscape. Beringia is currently a tundra environment that is quite wet.